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Ivory : a legend of past and future
Resnick, Michael D.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

First published in 1998, this episodic novel showcases Hugo-winner Resnick?s strengths and weaknesses. Thousands of years in the future, after most wildlife on Earth is extinct and humans have spread to distant stars, the last descendent of the Maasai tribe hires a researcher to locate the massive tusks of the Kilimanjaro Elephant. The search dominates the book, showing the passionless scholar?s growing identification with his employer?s quest as it echoes the elephant?s spiritual journey toward the sacred mountain, but most of the book consists of vignettes about the various entities who have possessed the tusks. Resnick?s fluent writing and respect for African cultures and wildlife make for some smoothly ironic glimpses of people who imagined they "owned" the ivory, but several pieces are facile little gimmick stories, clever enough for fast reading but essentially just filling gaps in the tale?s chronology. Overall, this is a very pleasant read that just misses being truly memorable. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

In the distant future, long after Earth has been scoured clean of life, Duncan Rojas, researcher for Braxton's Records of Big Game, is commissioned by the last of the Masai to search his records for the current location of a pair of ivory tusks once part of the legendary giant Kilimanjaro elephant. The catch: the tusks have been missing for 3000 years. This latest from five-time Hugo winner Resnick (Kirinyaga, New Dreams for Old) plays to his greatest strengths-as a raconteur without peer, capable of weaving together a series of linked stories into a seamless whole, and as a compassionate and thoughtful observer of the human condition. Peopled with gamblers, warlords, artists, and politicians and overseen by the shadow of the enormous creature who once ruled the grasslands of Africa, his latest work is highly recommended for all sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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